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Susanne hosts Living to Tell the Story and encourages others to share blessings of the week on Fridays. Here are a few of mine from this week.

1. Spring! After all that snow in April we have finally been enjoying exceptionally warm and sunny days. Three of our daughters came over Monday night and we grilled shrimp skewers and ate outside. Anna made another British Cooking show recipe for the family to enjoy.

Alberta skies

Anna bakes our day!

2. Provision We are rejoicing that this week God provided Anna with a better paying job.

3. Vocabulary I love words. I love the nuances that words give to a sentence or story. I love learning new words and playing games like Balderdash that teach new words.

Sadly, I’m not a very good speller. I used to ask my mom how to spell certain words (my mom was a wiz with spelling and grammar.) She would ALWAYS tell me to look it up in the dictionary. This did not make sense to my young mind. How can you look it up if you don’t know how it is spelled? And, of course, she would then say, “Sound it out.” So, I would look it up, sound it out, and learn something.

But when I was bored I would sit and read entry after entry in the dictionary just for fun. I learned about forms and tenses and definitions and punctuation, and pronunciation (I just had to look up that spelling!) and all kinds of helpful details.

This week a young man came to our door selling security systems. (He reminded me of a young Larry Fitch, a man I first met in my college days whose life has blessed my family at various times in the years since.) This salesman was giving me his spiel in a friendly, non-pushy way when out came the words incremental and decremental. Now, incremental I knew, but decremental? That was new to me. I’m afraid I heard little of his talk after that. I was turning the word over in my mind and delighting in the fact that a techy kid at the door taught me a new word!

4. Progress I have about half of my culled books ready to sell. Yay for sorting and purging!

5. More deals The first Tuesday of every month two local grocery stores offer a percentage off your shopping that day. One offers 15% and the other 10%. I made it to both stores this month to pick up items each stocks that the other does not. When I got to the checkout at the 10% store, they were giving customers 15% off that day. That was an unexpected blessing.

Thanks to everyone who told me my FFF link wasn’t working. I think I have it fixed now!!

Some pictures of my cute grandchildren in China

Clover field beauty

This stuff is itchy!

Brotherly love

Here are some custom order cards from this week for Purple Grandma Designs

For a 102-year-old mom!!

Custom order card

Custom order card

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FFF daisies

It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

1.Rain We have been praying for rain in Alberta. We finally had some last night and today, and could do with more to saturate our parched land. Wildfires are still raging north of us, so we continue to pray for that area to receive a drenching rain to help bring those fires under control.

2. Kiva My son and daughter-in-law introduced me to Kiva through an extremely thoughtful Mother’s Day gift. Kiva allows people to provide microloans to those in impoverished areas. Many of their stories are compelling and I found it difficult to decide which ones I would loan my gift to. I finally settled on two young women from Tajikistan who both wanted a loan to purchase sewing machines to use to earn income. Various individuals can each loan small amounts until the requested goal is met. Once the loan is repaid, the money can be applied to others looking for assistance. My son has a burden for those of us who are blessed with earthly riches to be biblical in helping the poor and others in need. I’m so glad he introduced me to this opportunity.

3. Recovery My daughter is recovering well from her surgery and has been able to return to work.

4. Holiday Another daughter has been enjoying a much deserved holiday to the Charleston, SC area where my husband grew up. Being able to share some of her experiences via social media has been fun.

5. Trees I love trees. Unfortunately, we have had to remove two of the four large trees from our yard due to damage or disease. The surface roots of the remaining evergreen in the front yard has totally taken over one entire side of the yard. Nothing will grow on that side, not even grass, and the roots are an ugly, tangled mass snaking across the entire space. So we have made the hard decision to remove that tree, get all those roots ground up, and replant the entire front yard. I’ll be looking for a couple of smaller dwarf fruit or flowering trees for the front, and will simplify the landscaping since I can no longer get down on my hands and knees to tend to the gardening. Sniff for losing the tree, but yay for new possibilities.

Snapple fact 783 – Men get hiccups more than women.

I wasn’t able to do much with my photography this week, but here are some I was able to take plus one from a couple of weeks ago.

 

Alberta farmland

Alberta skies

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Afternoon rest

Dark purple lilacs

Dark purple lilacs

Friendly fences

Friendly fences

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When we first moved to Alberta from South Carolina over 25 years ago, I thought flat prairies and big, open skies were boring. Now I love them and even feel slightly claustrophobic when we travel back to the closed-in landscapes of the southeast.

Last week during our time away in the cabin, we observed Alberta skies in a variety of moods. Everything from bright, cloudless, sunny skies to fierce, stormy, thunderclouds rolled past. It was especially satisfying to sit on the broad porch in our comfortable Adirondack  chairs to watch the ever-changing weather show.

When the thunderstorm passed by it reminded us of watching storms with our kids when they were little. Everyone would jump at the sound of thunder and Bud would tell the kids it was God talking. Psalm 29:3 says ‘The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders’ and Job 37:5 tells us “God thunders wondrously with his voice.” We sure love observing ‘God talking’ in a thunderstorm.

Hope you enjoy our Alberta skies!

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Vista from the porch

Clouds over the prairies

Clouds over the prairies

Open skies

Open skies

Beautiful sunset

Beautiful sunset

Grassy fields, cloudy skies

Grassy fields, cloudy skies

Cornucopia shaped cloud

Cornucopia shaped cloud

The clouds line up

The clouds line up

Hazy day valley view

Hazy day valley view

Rain's a comin'!

Rain’s a comin’!

Peaceful sky over pond

Peaceful sky over pond

Rain coming soon

Rain coming soon

Gathering storm

Gathering storm

Sunset storm clouds

Sunset storm clouds

Blowing rain

Blowing rain

Lightning

Lightning

Lightning close up

Lightning close up

Lightning behind the clouds

Lightning behind the clouds

Sun through the storm

Sun through the storm

Another storm is coming

Another storm is coming

Ray of hope

Ray of hope

Impressive show

Impressive show

Fierce skies

Fierce skies

Storm on the prairie

Storm on the prairie

Blue skies coming soon

Blue skies coming soon

The passing storm

The passing storm

 

 

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